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November #InkRipples: Finishing That Book (Or Not!)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 13, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing |

It’s no secret here on the Observation Desk that I’m a notoriously slow writer. I’ve expressed how I feel about prolific authors (see Confessions of an Author: Prolific Writers). More recently, I blogged about Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book. It took almost ten years from when I […]

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October #InkRipples: Writing Is My Career(ish)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on October 23, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Family, Ink Ripples, Parenting, Writing |

This month’s #Inkripples of career vs. hobby had me scratching my head. Is my writing a career or a hobby? I’m not sure. I think somewhere in between. Here’s my dilemma: I’m a stay-at-home parent who also works on the side. So family stuff is the first priority, but my main “work” (quotes because raising […]

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Celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 19, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Holidays, Middle Grade, Pirate Island |

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (see the origins of this auspicious occasion here)! With a book called PIRATE ISLAND coming out in less than a month (Eeeek! Less than a month!) was there any doubt that I’d be celebrating? Billy, the main character in PIRATE ISLAND, and his best friend, Andy, […]

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Summer 2017 in Pictures – All About Adjusting

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on August 25, 2017 in Anecdote, Family, Parenting, Travel |

It’s been a summer of adjusting to the new family dynamic, but we have managed to do some fun summer stuff as well. We had The Prince’s birthday party before baby was born and The Boy’s after…with custom decorated cakes of course. My birthday was just two days before The Gentleman was born. We managed […]

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Recognizing Different Kinds of Productivity

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 21, 2017 in Anecdote, Creativity, Family, Nature, Parenting, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, WIP, Writing |

I’ve been feeling particularly unproductive this year, in part because I haven’t been doing much drafting. It’s my favorite part of the writing process and the one that creatively feels the most fulfilling. I feel whole when I’m in the midst of a draft and able to lose myself in the process of adding words […]

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